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MARCH 6, 2003
10:19 AM
CONTACT: National Parks Conservation Association 
Steven Bosak, 202-997-0875
Kate Himot, 202-454-3311
National Parks Conservation Association Statement on Yellowstone Protection Act
WASHINGTON - March 6 - The following is a statement by Tom Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association, on the Yellowstone Protection Act:

The bipartisan Yellowstone Protection Act introduced today by representatives Rush Holt and Christopher Shays and senators Lincoln Chafee and Harry Reid would save Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks from the threats looming over them as a result of the Bush administration's decision to increase snowmobile use in both parks. By phasing out snowmobiles use there, the law backs the viewpoint expressed by the American people and protects the parks.

In contrast the Bush administration, by imposing snowmobiles on the parks, is ignoring not only common sense methods for protecting the parks but also the administration's own studies and the expressed will of the American people.

Recently, National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency studies confirmed that eliminating snowmobile use in the parks would best protect park wildlife, visitors, and staff. During the public comment period on snowmobile use in the parks, the American people last year flooded the Park Service with a record 350,000 comments, 80 percent them supporting the phase out. The Bush administration is ignoring the will of the people and the results of its own studies at the behest of its corporate supports in the snowmobile industry.

The millions of tax dollars spent on forcing snowmobiles on these parks could be better spent implementing the original Park Service snowcoach plan that would have protected Yellowstone and Grant Teton's wildlife, air, visitors, and employees and provided environmentally friendly access for all. Senators Reid and Chafee and representatives Holt and Shays, by introducing the Yellowstone Protection Act, have produced a common-sense law that offers the parks the best safeguards and preserves the congressional legacy of protecting national parks for all Americans.

NPCA: Protecting Parks for Future Generations(r) Founded in 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association is America's only private, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the National Park System. Today, NPCA has more than 300,000 members. A library of national park information, including fact sheets, congressional testimony, position statements, and press releases, can be found on NPCA's Web site at


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